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Hot, Hazy Summer Days

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:12

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AUGUST IN ALABAMA: An upper high building over the Deep South will set up the hottest five day stretch of the summer for our state; we are projecting highs in the mid to upper 90s today through the weekend. Hot hazy days, mostly fair nights.

As always, a thunderstorm is possible during the afternoon and evening hours in a hot pattern like this, but they will be widely spaced, and the actual chance of your lawn getting wet is in the 10-20 percent range each day.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: The season kicks off for our state this week, with most games tomorrow night, and a few tonight. Both nights expect a kickoff temperature in the 87-90 degree range; the chance of a storm at any one specific stadium is about one in ten. Humidity levels will be high, and it sure won’t feel very comfortable. But then again, that is what you get when you play football in August in Alabama.

NEXT WEEK: The upper ridge weakens as a big trough approaches from the west, and heat levels will drop with a gradual increase in the number of scattered thunderstorms. Some chance a cold front pushes through late in the week with a reduction in humidity levels and cooler nights. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Mostly sunny days, fair nights, and only isolated thunderstorms for the stretch from Panama City to Gulf Shores through the weekend. Highs will be in the 87-90 degree range on the immediate coast, with mid to upper 90s inland. The sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 86 degrees.

Way too early to forecast weather on the coast for the Labor Day weekend, but we see no evidence now in media range modeling of any tropical issues for the Gulf Coast through early September.

TROPICAL WEATHER: The wave approaching the Lesser Antilles seems to be developing a CDO (central dense overcast) early this morning, and a tropical depression could form in that region within 48 hours. Models continue to trend eastward, and now all tropical and global models suggest this will not be a problem for the Gulf of Mexico.

Still, there will be a good bit of uncertainty in this until a well defined center can develop. See the Weather Xtreme video for more details.

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Hot Summer Weather Through The Weekend

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 15:42

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RADAR CHECK: As expected, storms this afternoon across Alabama are very isolated…

There was a wet microburst with a storm at Oxford earlier this afternoon; there was damage on Mcintosh Road. Mellon Bridge is closed because of trees and power lines. These storms will fade quickly once the sun goes away this evening.

HOT SUMMER DAYS: Look for hot, mostly sunny, hazy days and fair nights tomorrow through the weekend, with daily highs in the mid to upper 90s. There is always some risk of a thunderstorm on a hot summer afternoon in Alabama, but due to warm air aloft associated with an upper high, those storms will be few and far between, much like today. This will be the hottest four day period of the summer so far.

NEXT WEEK: The upper high weakens, and we expect slowly falling heat levels, and a slow increase in the number of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Highs will drop to near 90 by the middle of the week.

AT THE BEACH: Very nice weather through the weekend, with mostly sunny days and fair nights from Panama City west to Gulf Shores and only isolated storms. Highs on the coast will be in the 87 to 90 degree range, with mid to upper 90s inland.

TROPICS: NHC is giving the disturbance in the Atlantic a 50 percent chance of developing into a tropical depression during the next 48 hours; this system will move into the Caribbean Friday. Tropical and global models have shifted a bit to the right during the past 24 hours; most of them move this to a point near Hispaniola late this weekend. From there, it is still way too early to determine the ultimate destination and intensity, but most models hint it will remain east of the Gulf of Mexico.

We stress model guidance really can’t be trusted now since there is no well defined center, and model initialization is poor. We will just have to wait and watch in coming days, but if you have a trip planned to the Gulf Coast next week, or over the Labor Day weekend, no need to worry about this for now.

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I enjoyed speaking to members of the Boaz Rotary Club today… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow….

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Here Comes The Summer Heat

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 06:11

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HOT IS THE WORD: An upper high will build across the Deep South in coming days, and will set up the hottest 7 day period we have seen so far this summer. We did reach 99 degrees in Birmingham back on August 7, but it was pretty much one and done.

We are forecasting a high in the mid 90s today, followed by upper 90s tomorrow through the weekend. Humidity levels will be high, and the heat will be oppressive. I won’t insult your intelligence with “heat tips”, but it will be pretty tough if you have to work outside during the heat of the day.

STORMS? Yes, there is the risk of thunderstorm on almost any hot, humid summer afternoon in Alabama, but the warmer air aloft associated with the upper high means they will be few and far between. If you manage to see a cooling shower or storm, be thankful.

NEXT WEEK: Heat levels will drop slowly as the upper high weakens and the air aloft become colder… also expect a slow increase in the number of “scattered afternoon thunderstorms”. Highs, however, will still hold in the 90s at least for the first half of the week.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Mostly sunny days, fair nights, and only isolated storms for the area from Panama City west to Gulf Shores through the weekend. Highs along the immediate coast 87 to 90, with mid to upper 90s inland. The sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 85 degrees.

TROPICS: The National Hurricane Center is monitoring two weak, disorganized waves over the Atlantic. The lead wave has the best chance of some development, and it will move into the eastern Caribbean Friday. Scam artists on social media are showing scary graphics predicting a major hurricane on the Gulf Coast for Labor Day weekend, and begging people to “share” across Facebook. I ask that you don’t participate in the scam… NOBODY knows the placement or intensity of a tropical cyclone 7 to 10 days in advance.

Most tropical models move the system up toward the southern coast of Hispaniola and Cuba in 4-5 days, but it remains to be seen if this can develop at all due to dry air, and interaction with the mountains on the island of Hispaniola.

The spread on global models is 1500 miles toward the end of next week. The GFS moves it to a point north of Galveston, the Canadian global model recurves it into the Atlantic, while the European model has a weak system near New Orleans. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps and graphics.

We do note the Gulf of Mexico is warm, with SSTs of over 30 degrees (C) in many areas, so if by chance something goes get in there, rapid intensification is possible. We will watch closely in coming days, but if you have a Labor Day beach trip planned, there is absolutely no need to “panic” or change plans. Nobody knows now.

WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40.

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I will be speaking today at the Boaz Rotary Club in Marshall County… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day…

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Flash Flood Warning Cullman County til 7:30PM

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 17:28

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR…
CENTRAL CULLMAN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 730 PM CDT

THIS WARNING DOES INCLUDE THE CITIES OF CULLMAN AND HANCEVILLE. TRAVEL ALONG INTERSTATE 65 AND U.S. HIGHWAYS 31 AND 278 COULD BE IMPACTED. IF YOU ENCOUNTER FLOODED ROADWAYS…TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN!!!

* AT 525 PM CDT…DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCING
HEAVY RAIN ACROSS PORTIONS OF CULLMAN COUNTY. UP TO TWO INCHES OF
RAIN HAVE ALREADY FALLEN IN AN AREA FROM JUST NORTHWEST OF THE
CITY OF CULLMAN…TO NEAR HANCEVILLE. FLASH FLOODING IS EXPECTED
TO BEGIN SHORTLY.

* SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE…
CULLMAN…HANCEVILLE…GOOD HOPE…BALDWIN…VINEMONT…WEST
POINT…GARDEN CITY…WALTER AND PHELAN.

ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF ONE TO THREE INCHES ARE POSSIBLE
ACROSS CULLMAN COUNTY…ESPECIALLY AS THUNDERSTORMS REPEATEDLY
AFFECT THE SAME LOCATIONS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND NOW. ACT QUICKLY TO PROTECT YOUR LIFE.

TURN AROUND…DON’T DROWN WHEN ENCOUNTERING FLOODED ROADS. MOST
FLOOD DEATHS OCCUR IN VEHICLES.

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Heat Levels Rising In Coming Days

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 15:38

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SUMMER HEAT FINALLY ARRIVING: This summer has featured below average temperatures, and a number of mornings with record lows across Alabama and the Deep South, but we all know that good ole summer heat and humidity would clobber us at least once before the fall sets in, and sure enough an upper high will build across the Deep South in coming days bringing some of the hottest weather so far this summer.

Radar today shows most of showers and storms over the southern half of the state this afternoon; they are moving southeast.

TOMORROW THROUGH FRIDAY: We rise into the mid 90s tomorrow, and upper 90s Thursday and Friday afternoon. Lots of hazy sunshine each day, and while an afternoon thunderstorm is certainly possible, they will become fewer in number, and more widely spaced.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: A 5910 meter 500 mb upper high will be parked over Alabama and the Deep South, so the weather won’t change much. Hot, hazy, and humid with highs in the upper 90s and only isolated afternoon thunderstorms.

NEXT WEEK: Heat levels begin to come down over the latter part of next week as the upper high weakens and the air aloft becomes colder. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Mostly sunny days, fair nights tomorrow through the weekend with only isolated thunderstorms. Highs 87-90, sea water temperatures from Panama City to Gulf Shores mostly in the mid 80s.

TROPICS: NHC has now has a 30 percent probability of a wave developing over the Atlantic; this wave should enter the Caribbean later this week. Social media and blogs are buzzing after the 12Z GFS model developed this into a hurricane, moving it toward Mobile Bay next week. But, this is nothing more than hype and voodoo; there is no skill in a tropical forecast 7-10 days out. We don’t even know if this can survive the dry air environment in the short term. Just something to watch; see the Weather Xtreme video for a detailed discussion and a look at the maps.

WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40. Scroll down for the show notes on the new episode we recorded last night with Dave Brown of WMC-TV in Memphis.

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I really enjoyed seeing the kids at the RISE School in Tuscaloosa this morning…. be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News. The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow….

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Loud Storms In Spots To Start The Day

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:07

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RADAR CHECK: Strong storms formed during the pre-dawn hours over Central Alabama; they are producing lots of lightning and loud thunder along with heavy rain, but they are not severe. The showers and storms are moving east.

We will maintain the chance of scattered storms through the day, although the high resolution HRRR model suggests our best risk of a storm could very well be this morning.

REST OF THE WEEK: We trend hotter and drier as an upper high builds over the Deep South. While an afternoon storm can’t be ruled out each day, they will be few and far between. Afternoon temperatures reach the upper 90s by Thursday and Friday as it will finally feel like an Alabama summer. Of course, as you might expect in August, humidity levels will be high as well.

OUR WEEKEND: Hot is the word; afternoon highs will be between 96 and 100 degrees with hazy, humid days and fair nights. An afternoon storm is possible Saturday and Sunday, but they will remain widely separated.

NEXT WEEK: The heat ridge holds early in the week, but temperatures should trend downward toward the end of the week as the ridge breaks down. Afternoon storms should also become more numerous by Thursday and Friday (August 28-29). See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: Mostly sunny days, fair nights through the weekend with only isolated thunderstorms from Panama City to Gulf Shores; highs will be in the 87 to 90 degree range. The sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 85 degrees.

TROPICS: Two waves are moving through the middle of the Atlantic, but development in the short term is not likely due to the vast amount of dry air in place.

WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40. Scroll down for the show notes on the new episode we recorded last night.

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I will be speaking at the Rise Program for children in Tuscaloosa this morning… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day….

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WeatherBrains 447: Dogs Days of Summer

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:15

WeatherBrains Episode 447 is now online (August 18, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest Panelist is a recommendation of WB Alum Kevin Myatt. He is a leader on the Virginia Tech stormchasing team. Chris White, welcome to the show.

And tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a fixture in television weather in the Mid-South area. Dave Brown is Weather Director and Chief Weathercaster at WMC TV in Memphis, TN, a position he’s held for the past 37 years. This past June, Dave celebrated 52 years of broadcasting, and he has spent that entire time in and around the Memphis area. Dave has a degree from the University of Memphis and holds both the AMS and NWA broadcaster seals. And while he is well-respected for his meteorological abilities, he also spent nearly 40 years as a member of what many aficionados call one of the best announcing teams ever in professional wrestling. Yes, I said professional wrestling. Rick Smith grew up watching this guy and is excited to talk to him tonight! Dave Brown, welcome to WeatherBrains!

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 117 at Death Valley, CA, and 30 at Boca Reservoir, CA
  • Two disturbances were moving across the South Central Atlantic and not expected to develop in the next couple of days
  • Westerlies running along northern tier of US
  • MCV moved across North Alabama today
  • Summer showing up after a mostly cool summer
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is working the early morning shift a-g-a-i-n, so the mail bag is postponed until the next show.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: It’s really still there, but the band of cloudiness that often delineates the ITCZ – or Inter-tropical Convergence Zone – has been tough to find due to drier air and Saharan dust this year. So what is the ITCZ – besides tough to say fast – and what are some of the characteristics of it? That’s the topic for this week of 101.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of August 18th.

    Listener Surveys: Okay, we continue to drive this topic into the ground, but we really do like to hear from you. Many thanks to everyone who has taken the time to fill out the Listener Survey. The survey takes just a minute or two to complete and provides us with an opportunity to learn where you are and hear your thoughts and comments on the show. Click here to take the survey.

    Web Sites from Episode 447:

    Virginia Storm Chase link

    WMC-TV Weather Page

    Astronomy Links:

    * MAVEN mission
    * Science@NASA on the Jupiter/Venus conjunction
    * ISS pass predictions

    Picks of the Week:

    Dave Brown – Fly Bys App

    Bill Murray – Bows Out Early

    Brian Peters – Satellite Liaison Blog

    John Scala – Camille/Katrina SLOSH run comparison

    Rick Smith – NWA Annual Meeting Agenda

    James Spann – MCV Satellite Loop 1-minute Intervals

    Chris White – NWS Baltimore/Washington Sep. 17, 2004, Tornado Event

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Dr. John Scala, Rick Smith, Aubrey Urbanowicz, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

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    Loud Pre-Dawn Storms

    Tue, 08/19/2014 - 04:57

    A cluster of strong storms has formed over Central Alabama early this morning…

    Storms are producing lots of lighting and loud thunder and heavy rain, but they are not severe. These storms are moving east.

    Look for a fresh discussion and new Weather Xtreme video shortly…

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    Another Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Cullman County

    Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:52

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

    * SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
    NORTHEASTERN CULLMAN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…

    * UNTIL 815 PM CDT

    * AT 751 PM CDT…DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
    CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM
    WAS LOCATED OVER CULLMAN…AND MOVING EAST AT 15 MPH.

    * LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
    CULLMAN…HANCEVILLE…GOOD HOPE…HOLLY POND…VINEMONT…
    BAILEYTON…FAIRVIEW…WALTER AND PHELAN.

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    Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Cullman County

    Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:25

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

    * SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
    CENTRAL CULLMAN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…

    * UNTIL 800 PM CDT

    * AT 724 PM CDT…DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
    CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM
    WAS LOCATED NEAR GOOD HOPE…OR NEAR CULLMAN…AND MOVING EAST AT
    20 MPH.

    * LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
    CULLMAN…HANCEVILLE…GOOD HOPE…DODGE CITY…BALDWIN…
    VINEMONT…GARDEN CITY…FAIRVIEW…WALTER AND PHELAN.

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    Severe Thunderstorm Warning Bullock/Macon/Montgomery/Pike/Tallapoosa til 5:15 PM

    Mon, 08/18/2014 - 16:22

    A line of strong and potentially severe storms is moving across the counties and will be capable of producing damaging straight-line winds. Travel along Interstate 85 and U.S. 80, 82, 231, and 280 will be impacted.

    Lake Martin, Tuskegee University, Troy University, Union Springs, and Alexander City will be impacted by these dangerous storms.

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

    * SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
    BULLOCK COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST ALABAMA…
    MACON COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST ALABAMA…
    EASTERN MONTGOMERY COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…
    PIKE COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST ALABAMA…
    TALLAPOOSA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

    * UNTIL 515 PM CDT

    * AT 420 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A LINE OF
    SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS
    OF 60 MPH. THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM
    WIND CREEK STATE PARK TO SHORTER TO SHOPTON TO LUVERNE…AND MOVING
    EAST AT 45 MPH.

    * LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
    ALEXANDER CITY…MILSTEAD…GOSHEN…DADEVILLE…TROY…UNION
    SPRINGS…TUSKEGEE AND NOTASULGA.

    THIS INCLUDES…
    INTERSTATE 85 EXIT NUMBERS 16 THROUGH 42…

    WINDS OF 60 TO 70 MPH WILL BREAK LARGE TREE LIMBS AND CAUSE SOME
    DAMAGE…ESPECIALLY TO SMALLER STRUCTURES.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

    FOR YOUR PROTECTION…MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF
    YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS.

    TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER…
    CALL 1-800-856-0758 OR TWEET YOUR REPORT USING HASHTAG ALWX

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    Severe Thunderstorm Warning Extreme Northern Cullman County til 4:30PM

    Mon, 08/18/2014 - 16:04


    This severe thunderstorm is affecting the far northern part of the county. It is crossing Interstate 65 and U.S. 31 and will be producing tremendous amounts of lightning and very heavy rainfall. The main severe threat with this storm will be damaging straight-line winds. This storm is racing off to the east.

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

    * SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
    SOUTHERN MORGAN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…
    NORTH CENTRAL CULLMAN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…

    * UNTIL 430 PM CDT

    * AT 403 PM CDT…DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
    CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM
    WAS LOCATED OVER FALKVILLE…OR NEAR HARTSELLE…AND MOVING EAST AT
    25 MPH.

    * LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
    HARTSELLE…FALKVILLE…SOMERVILLE…EVA…FLORETTE…LACEYS
    SPRING…VALHERMOSO SPRINGS…COLE SPRINGS…LACON AND RYAN
    CROSSROADS.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

    SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCE DAMAGING WINDS…DESTRUCTIVE HAIL…
    DEADLY LIGHTNING AND VERY HEAVY RAIN. FOR YOUR PROTECTION…MOVE TO
    AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS. HEAVY
    RAINS FLOOD ROADS QUICKLY SO DO NOT DRIVE INTO AREAS WHERE WATER
    COVERS THE ROAD.

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    Severe Thunderstorm Warning Shelby/St. Clair/Talladega til 5:00PM

    Mon, 08/18/2014 - 15:55

    Rapidly moving storms capable of producing damaging winds are moving through Central Alabama. Watchout for frequent and dangerous cloud to ground lightning, and very heavy rainfall.

    Travel along U.S. Highways 78, 231, and 231 as well as portions of Interstate 20 could be impacted. The cities of Hapersville, Talladega, Vincent, and Childersburg are3 in the path of this storm.

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

    * SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
    SOUTH CENTRAL ST. CLAIR COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
    NORTHEASTERN SHELBY COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
    TALLADEGA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

    * UNTIL 500 PM CDT

    * AT 352 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A LINE OF
    SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS
    OF 60 MPH. THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM
    COOSA ISLAND TO HARPERSVILLE TO WILSONVILLE…AND MOVING EAST AT 25
    MPH.

    * LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
    WILSONVILLE…PELL CITY…CHILDERSBURG…TALLADEGA…
    HARPERSVILLE…LOGAN MARTIN DAM…COOSA ISLAND AND ALPINE BAY
    RESORT.

    THIS INCLUDES…
    INTERSTATE 20 EXIT NUMBERS 165 THROUGH 179…

    WINDS OF 60 TO 70 MPH WILL BREAK LARGE TREE LIMBS AND CAUSE SOME
    DAMAGE…ESPECIALLY TO SMALLER STRUCTURES.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

    FOR YOUR PROTECTION…MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF
    YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS.

    TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER…
    CALL 1-800-856-0758 OR TWEET YOUR REPORT USING HASHTAG ALWX

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    Severe Thunderstorm Warning Elmore/Montgomery til 4:45PM

    Mon, 08/18/2014 - 15:47

    A severe thunderstorm is rapidly pushing off towards the east across these counties. It is affecting Interstate 65, and U.S. Highways 31 and 231, The main threat with this storm is damaging winds, but also expect very heavy rainfall and frequent lightning.

    This storm is skirting by the northern portions of the city of Montgomery and will be affecting Wetumpka and Wallsboro.


    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

    * SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
    ELMORE COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
    NORTHERN MONTGOMERY COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…

    * UNTIL 445 PM CDT

    * AT 345 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A LINE OF
    SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS
    OF 60 MPH. THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM
    TITUS TO ELMORE TO MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE…AND MOVING EAST AT 25
    MPH.

    * LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
    WETUMPKA…TALLASSEE…COOSADA…ELMORE…MONTGOMERY RIVERWALK
    STADIUM…BOYLSTON…MONTGOMERY ZOO AND TITUS.

    THIS INCLUDES…
    INTERSTATE 65 EXIT NUMBERS 173 THROUGH 181…

    WINDS OF 60 TO 70 MPH WILL BREAK LARGE TREE LIMBS AND CAUSE SOME
    DAMAGE…ESPECIALLY TO SMALLER STRUCTURES.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

    FOR YOUR PROTECTION…MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF
    YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS.

    TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER…
    CALL 1-800-856-0758 OR TWEET YOUR REPORT USING HASHTAG ALWX

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    The Heat Cranks Up Later This Week

    Mon, 08/18/2014 - 15:29

    An all new edition of the ABC 33/40 Weather Xtreme video is available in the player on the right sidebar of the blog. You can subscribe to the Weather Xtreme video on iTunes by clicking here.

    ACTIVE AFTERNOON: As expected, we have scattered to numerous showers and strong thunderstorms across the great state of Alabama this afternoon thanks to an upper impulse south of Memphis moving our way. Torrential rain was falling over the Birmingham metro as I write this at 3:15 p.m.

    Heavier storms are producing torrential rain, gusty winds, and very frequent lighting. The showers and storms are moving east, and will die down late tonight.

    REST OF THE WEEK: Showers and storms become more scattered in nature tomorrow as the air aloft becomes warmer, and we trend toward a hot and mostly dry pattern Wednesday through Friday thanks to an upper high building over the region. While we can’t rule out a shower or storm somewhere during the afternoon and evening hours on these three days, most communities will be rain-free, with highs in the mid to upper 90s as it will finally feel like summer in Alabama.

    HOT WEEKEND: Afternoon highs in the upper 90s are likely this weekend, with only widely scattered afternoon storms both days. Should be the hottest so far this summer.

    Heat levels will slowly back down next week as the upper high weakens and drifts to the west. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and details.

    GULF COAST WEATHER: Just a few widely scattered storms tomorrow, otherwise mostly sunny days and fair nights through Friday. The weekend should feature mostly sunny days as well with only isolated storms. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the 87 to 90 degree range, with sea water temperatures mostly in the mid 80s.

    TROPICS: All is quiet and tropical storm formation is not expected across the Atlantic basin this week.

    WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40. We will produce this week’s show tonight at 8:30 CT… you can watch it live on “James Spann 24/7″ on cable systems around Alabama, or on the web here.

    Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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    Showers/Storms Likely Later Today

    Mon, 08/18/2014 - 06:06

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    RADAR CHECK: Some heavy rain is falling this morning over the Tennessee Valley region of extreme North Alabama at daybreak; these showers and storms are moving east. No rain for the I-20/59 corridor to the south.

    THE DAY AHEAD: Showers and storms will form over Central Alabama later today and early tonight… any one spot will have a 60-70 percent chance of getting wet. It won’t rain everywhere, but today will offer the highest coverage of storms this week.

    Some of the storms will pack a punch; SPC has low end 5 percent severe weather possibilities in place for much of North/Central Alabama. Storms will produce heavy rain, lots of lightning, and a wet microburst can’t be ruled out in a few spots. Today’s high will be in the 87 to 90 degree range.

    REST OF THE WEEK: Showers and storms will thin out tomorrow as an upper high begins to build across the region, and that big 5940 meter 500 mb ridge should mean dry and hot weather for the state Wednesday through Friday, with mostly sunny days and afternoon temperatures rising into the mid to upper 90s.

    WEEKEND PREVIEW: The ridge weakens slightly, but the weather still looks mostly dry and hot Saturday and Sunday. Highs in the mid 90s… if we do see an afternoon storm, the better chance will come on Sunday. But, they will be widely scattered.

    NEXT WEEK Temperatures will gradually trend downward, with a better chance of scattered showers and storms by mid-week. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

    GULF COAST WEATHER: About 5 to 7 hours of sun today on the coast from Panama City west to Gulf Shores with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Then, mostly sunny days, fair nights, and only isolated storms tomorrow through the weekend. Highs will be in the 87 to 90 degree range on the immediate coast, and the sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 84 degrees.

    TROPICS: A weak impulse is moving across the Central Atlantic, but dry air surrounds the system, and tropical storm formation is not expected over the next few days.

    WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40. We will produce this week’s show tonight at 8:30 CT… you can watch it on “James Spann 24/7″ on cable systems around the state, or on the web here.

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    A Frightening Afternoon in 1969

    Sun, 08/17/2014 - 15:00

    THIS IS HISTORIC INFORMATION ABOUT 1969′s HURRICANE CAMILLE.  IT IS NOT CURRENT INFORMATION.

    On the afternoon of August 17, 1969, an Air Force crew led by Marvin Little penetrated the eye of Camille. One way of estimating the surface winds was to visually observe the sea condition. Their report indicated that it was unlike anything they had ever seen in their training. Dr. Robert Simpson, the head of the National Hurricane Center knew that the training was based on 150 mph. His instinct told him that the winds were probably in the neighborhood of 180 knots (210 mph.)

    He would take the unprecedented step of listing the winds at 190 mph in a special advisory that would prompt action from many people along the coast who had planned to stay put.

    And at 3 p.m., a historic advisory was written.  Here is the discussion…

    …And the text of the advisory…

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    Showers and Storms Pushing Into Northwest Alabama

    Sun, 08/17/2014 - 11:19

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    At late morning, a surface low was over northern Kentucky, near Owensboro. This feature is depicted well on satellite imagery and radar reflectivity loops. An upper low was over southern Illinois, with a trough trailing back into Arkansas and northern Texas. Showers and storms developed this morning from southwestern Tennessee into northern Mississippi ahead of the trough, which is progressing eastward with the upper low.

    The trough is tapping some deeper moisture that you find back over Texas and heavy rain has been the result. There was a flash flood warning over the Delta of northwestern Mississippi where 2-4 inches of rain fell in 3 hours with additional rain falling.

    The forecast for your Sunday will be influenced by that disturbance and those showers/storms. Indications are that they will settle into Northwest Alabama through the early afternoon and try to settle toward the I-20 corridor. But they should weaken as they drop into that drier air we mentioned two paragraphs ago. They may hold together enough to bring showers and weakening storms to the I-20 corridor.

    So, expect increasing clouds northwest of I-59 into the afternoon with a chance of showers and storms. Highs will generally be in the lower 90s. Expect a warm and humid evening with lows in the 70s. There will be a small chance of showers.

    The trough will slide a little east tonight and will be over us tomorrow, leading to increasing shower and thunderstorm chances. Highs will top out around 90F, with about a 50-60% chance of rain and thunderstorms.

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    Warm as Moisture Creeps Up

    Sun, 08/17/2014 - 06:51

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    Lower 90s were the highs across Central Alabama yesterday, and moisture levels have crept up as evidenced by dew point observations this morning. So the relatively cooler weather of the last several days has become more typical of mid-August with highs today mainly in the lower 90s. With moisture up, isolated showers will be possible driven by afternoon heating.

    Monday and into Tuesday our rain chances become better as showers should become more widespread and numerous thanks to the short wave trough now over Southeast Missouri passing across the Southeast US. Clouds and the presence of showers should help to hold temperatures in check in the 88 to 92 range. The short wave trough passes late Tuesday and Wednesday as an upper ridge builds across the Lower Mississippi River Valley. With some moisture sticking around, we should drop back to isolated afternoon showers for the latter half of the upcoming week as heat values rise into the middle and perhaps upper 90s. Showers should be limited so many of us will remain dry.

    The ridge sticks with us into the weekend, so the forecast will continue to mention the possibility of isolated showers during the afternoon and early evening hours. It will remain warm with highs mainly in the middle 90s with some spots edging into the upper 90s.

    For beach enthusiasts, showers will be scattered along the coast through Tuesday with showers becoming more isolated by the middle of the week. High temperatures will be in the upper 80s along the coast with lower 90s inland. Look for 4 to 6 hours of sunshine through Tuesday with 7 to 9 hours for the end of the week. Water temperatures in the Gulf continue to be in the middle 80s.

    Tropical Atlantic is still relatively quiet with a small area of disturbed weather west-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands. Some gradual development of this system is possible as it moves westward across the South Central Atlantic.

    Voodoo country has become a land of mixed messages. The GFS shows a trough around the 27th of August over the Middle Mississippi River Valley but not nearly as strong as we’ve been seeing for the last month or so. But by the first of September the pattern becomes an elongated ridge across the southern tier of the US. So warm but not extremely hot.

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    Mostly Sunny and Hot Afternoon

    Sat, 08/16/2014 - 15:17

    It is another hot, dry, and mostly sunny day across the state of Alabama, and much of the Southeast. We are all basking under a sun-filled and blue sky, with just a few fair weather cumulus clouds showing up out there. No rain falling anywhere across the state, and heading through the rest of today and into tonight, the clear and dry weather will continue. We still see our dew points in the lower 60s, which is not making it quite as uncomfortable as it can be this time of year.

    With the drier air hanging around for one more day, we have all seen a quick warm-up in our temperatures today. All locations across the state are either in the upper 80s or lower 90s. It is a hot afternoon out there, but once the sun sets this evening, we should begin to see those temps drop back through the 80s and head towards the lower 70s. The weather will be a nice for any outdoor plans you may have this evening or tonight.

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